When you’re a band that’s been around as long as Bellingham, Washington’s Death Cab For Cutie, you have the freedom to try something daring. The band’s new album Codes And Keys drops May 31 on Atlantic, and the lead single for the album is called “You Are A Tourist”. If you’re a longtime DCFC fan (like me), I’m not telling you anything you didn’t already know. The song itself is solid, steady and rockin’. What Death Cab For Cutie did for the video, however, is just plain awesome.
On Tuesday night, Ben Gibbard, Chris Walla and co. broadcast the music video for “You Are A Tourist” live across the world on the internet. The band shot the video in one continuous take, which makes its flawless execution — even after a full day of rehearsals and tweaking — all the more impressive.
The video is an interesting visual experience, with all kinds of light changes cued to shifts in the music, and with the band outfitted in matching light-up jackets. Choreographed dancers, trippy light projections and wonderful camera angles make the video a real treat to take in.
Everything finishes with the band playing in front of a big-city backdrop on a funky lit-up stage. It’s easy to tell the video was one continuous shot when watching it. But it’s still impressive, and hard to believe it went off without a hitch. Check out some more here and here on how it all came together.